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The Resource Exemplary women of early China : the Lienü zhuan of Liu Xiang, Anne Behnke Kinney, translator and editor

Exemplary women of early China : the Lienü zhuan of Liu Xiang, Anne Behnke Kinney, translator and editor

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Exemplary women of early China : the Lienü zhuan of Liu Xiang
Title
Exemplary women of early China
Title remainder
the Lienü zhuan of Liu Xiang
Statement of responsibility
Anne Behnke Kinney, translator and editor
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • chi
  • eng
Summary
"In early China, was it correct for a woman to disobey her father, contradict her husband, or shape the public policy of a son who ruled over a dynasty or state? According to the Lienü zhuan, or Categorized Biographies of Women, it was not only appropriate but necessary for women to step in with wise counsel when fathers, husbands, or rulers strayed from the path of virtue. Compiled toward the end of the Former Han dynasty (202 BCE-9 CE) by Liu Xiang (79-8 BCE), the Lienü zhuan is the earliest extant book in the Chinese tradition solely devoted to the education of women. Far from providing a unified vision of women's roles, the text promotes a diverse and sometimes contradictory range of practices. At one extreme are exemplars resorting to suicide and self-mutilation as a means to preserve chastity and ritual orthodoxy. At the other are bold and outspoken women whose rhetorical mastery helps correct erring rulers, sons, and husbands. The text provides a fascinating overview of the representation of women's roles in early legends, formal speeches on statecraft, and highly fictionalized historical accounts during this foundational period of Chinese history. Over time, the biographies of women became a regular feature of dynastic and local histories and a vehicle for expressing and transmitting concerns about women's social, political, and domestic roles. The Lienü zhuan is also rich in information about the daily life, rituals, and domestic concerns of early China. Inspired by its accounts, artists across the millennia have depicted its stories on screens, paintings, lacquer ware, murals, and stone relief sculpture, extending its reach to literate and illiterate audiences alike."--Publisher's Web site
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Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
DLC
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77 B.C.-6 B.C
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Liu, Xiang
Index
index present
Language note
Translated from Chinese
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Kinney, Anne Behnke
Series statement
Translations from the Asian classics
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  • Liu, Xiang
  • Women
  • Women
  • Women
  • Women
  • China
Label
Exemplary women of early China : the Lienü zhuan of Liu Xiang, Anne Behnke Kinney, translator and editor
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-300) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The maternal models -- The worthy and enlightened -- The sympathetic and wise -- The chaste and compliant -- The principled and righteous -- The accomplished rhetoricians -- The depraved and favored -- Supplemental biographies
Control code
829445875
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
li, 323 pages
Isbn
9780231163088
Lccn
2013002987
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
40023305016
System control number
(OCoLC)829445875
Label
Exemplary women of early China : the Lienü zhuan of Liu Xiang, Anne Behnke Kinney, translator and editor
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-300) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The maternal models -- The worthy and enlightened -- The sympathetic and wise -- The chaste and compliant -- The principled and righteous -- The accomplished rhetoricians -- The depraved and favored -- Supplemental biographies
Control code
829445875
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
li, 323 pages
Isbn
9780231163088
Lccn
2013002987
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
40023305016
System control number
(OCoLC)829445875

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